Karen Whalley was born and lives in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Harvard Review, Blue Unicorn, Passages North, The American Poetry Review, The Sun, Mississippi Review, and others. In 2001 she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her second volume of poems, My Own Name Seems Strange to Me, won the 2018 Off the Grid Poetry Prize and was released in January of 2019.